NAME OF ACTIVITY:
GRADE LEVEL: Any
EQUIPMENT: Nuke transport (Octagon
Platform with string attached to each side), or parachute, or Bicycle inner tube
with 8 strings attached.
Cooperation and teamwork
First, I know you can buy several different versions of the nuke
walk. However, I do not have a lot of money so I build my own.
The first time I played this game I built my own transport with an octagon
platform and strings (6-8ft) attached to each side. I would then use
a glass of water as the nuclear waste.
The object of the game is to transport the
nuclear waste (cup of water) from one area to another, without spilling
the water. I start the game by placing the water on the transport
while it is on the ground. The students, using only the strings,
must raise the transport, take it to the designated area and then set it
down without a spill. Sound easy? Nope, if you play indoors you will
need some towels ready.
Variation: Another homemade
variation is to make the transport from an old bicycle inner tube.
In this version you use a coffee can as the nuclear waste. The inner
tube circumference should be slightly smaller than the coffee can.
However, when stretched it will be larger than the can. In this
version, players will stretch the tube over the can, then let the tube
contract around the can so that it can be lifted and transported.
The object of the game is the same, but how the container is carried is
Variation: A variation that I use on field
day involves the entire class. I use a parachute as the
transport. I then use a large disc that I made from a hula-hoop and
foam as the platform. Finally, I use a cup of water as the nuclear
waste. The objective is the same, but using the parachute involves a
huge number and eliminates tangled strings
HELPFUL HINTS: First, my students would
choke up on the string (making it shorter). To fix this problem I
attached washers to the end of the string and the players had to hold the
washers. Second, if students were not careful in putting down the
transport, string would easily tangle. This can be fixed by using
larger string or maybe surgical tubing or bungies.
In the platform versions, you can change the
difficulty by the type of cup you use to transport.
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